Life Changing Experience

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Through GCS, I have learned not to settle. I don't have to settle for a mediocre life, and I certainly don't have to settle for the environmental degradation plaguing the Colorado Plateau and the American West in general. As continue my education, I feel more and more that it will be my path in life to follow up on the multi-faceted ecological, socio-cultural, and economic issues I learned about during GCS. When a place made such an impact on my life, how could I not use my life to secure its future?

  – Katie GCS 2012 from Tucson, Arizona 

GCS was an incredible experience that taught me not only to think outside the box about many different kinds of issues currently surrounding the Colorado plateau, but to fully observe my surroundings in a way that I had never thought about before. And because of my involvement in GCS, I was able to get an internship at Grand Canyon National Park, which helped me with my college degree. 

 – Anna, GCS 2014 

Not only did GCS inspire me to change my major to Outdoor Education, it also showed me that I did not have to think inside the provided framework -- ever. It taught me to try to see everything in a new and different way, and that in everything we do and experience, there is something to learn and there will always be a way to grow. By the end of the semester, not only were all of the participants incredibly well-versed on topics such as environmental policy, anthropology, and environmental science on the Colorado Plateau, but we were independent and unique thinkers, who more than anything wanted to inspire change and growth in the world and in our communities. 

 –  Maddie, GCS 2014